That’s racist (Halloween edition)

In a supposedly post-racial society*, are costumes like this okay?

I think not. Still racist.

More racist costumes (you can even find some for kids!).

*In case it isn’t clear, I don’t think we’re in a post-racial society.

13 thoughts on “That’s racist (Halloween edition)

  1. el tin

    I agree with you Cindylu, the costumes are racist. if it were truly a post-racial society, the costumes would not make sense to people, it would just be a poncho and a mustache, and not suppossed to stand for a mexican. the only reason they are halloween costumes, is because they represent ‘the other,’ something either exotic or something scary, or both.

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  2. HispanicPundit

    I’m curious Tin, how do you jump from the costumes being offensive (to you, certainly not to everybody, myself included) and even promoting a stereotype to being “racist”?

    Is every stereotype racist? How do you distinguish between say a stereotype and a generality?

    Not even trying to be combative here. I am sincerely curious.

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  3. J

    So are the Frida Kahlo costumes racist? I’m an African American woman. I’d like to imitate the art icon at an upcoming Halloween party…or should I go as Diana Ross instead?

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  4. ivette

    if you dress up as frida, you are dressing up as an art icon. if you dress up in a fucking sombrero, poncho and ‘stache you’re dressing up as stereotype of a mexican man. not the same.

    if i dressed up as a diana ross (as a Latina), i would have a costumed that emulated HER style, not some stereotype of a black woman.

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  5. jk

    realistically, post racial or not its a known fact that alot of mexicans who live in mexico and abroad still wear traditional ponchos and sombraros (sorry for the spelling) In the same sense a sikh person wears a turban, or native american wears a pair of moccasins. Its not being racist its just embracing a culture

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